Food as Medicine

Why Supplement?

Why Supplement?

 

Why Supplement?

‘Life’ – A constant challenge for our bodies

Health authorities recommend we eat a healthy balanced diet, however, research shows there’s often a wide gap between what we SHOULD eat and what we DO eat.
There are several factors that can lead to a less than perfect diet:
The Quality and Quantity of food we eat – “we are what we eat”:
Lack of variety – We tend to eat the same foods every day
Nutrients in foods have “diminished” – due to processing. The minimum recommended
dietary intake levels are no longer enough for optimum health
Flavour – We eat what tastes good, not necessarily what’s good for us
Low intake of fruit and vegetables
Convenience – Meals are chosen based on how fast we can prepare and eat them
Skipping meals
Dieting – Restricting food intake

2: Lifestage – Nutritional requirements vary with each stage of life:
Children and Adolescents – Rapid growth and development often increases the need for vitamins and minerals. Young children may be at particular risk for low calcium intake, and adolescents, especially teenage girls, tend to have low intakes of vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and zinc
Middle Age – A busy work schedule, family, commitments, physical and emotional stress can all place pressure on our nutrient needs
Mature Years – As we age, our bodies have to work harder to digest foods and absorb nutrients. Lack of appetite and medications can make it more to obtain the right nutrients
Pregnancy and breast feeding – increase a woman’s need for vitamins and minerals, especially iron, calcium and folic acid

3: Lifestyle and Environmental Factors:
Stress – It us physically, psychologically or emotionally and can be detrimental to our health. Stress can our appetite, cause us to skip meals,
overeat, eat empty calorie foods, smoke or drink
Medications – These may inhibit or increase the absorption of nutrients, increase the loss of nutrients from the body, or interfere with the metabolism of nutrients
Smoking and Air Pollution – Smoking increases the need for vitamin C. Exposure to cigarette smoke and polluted air increases damaging free radicals in the body, increasing our need for antioxidant nutrients
Drinking Tea and Coffee – our bodies ability to digest the nutrients in food dimineshes because of acid
Heavy Exercise – Those who train heavily need to pay special attention to diet to ensure appropriate levels of protein, iron and antioxidants are consumed
Alcohol Consumption– Frequent consumption can impair digestion and absorption of nutrients interfering with the body’s use of nutrients